“There are wonderful spin-offs, as well as the desired educational outcomes. It is a very rewarding and interesting course.”
Tutor, Liz, talks about the course…
The Reading, Writing and Communication Skills course aims to progress the students from their existing skills to more advanced ones. The students come from varying backgrounds: migrants, English speakers who left school early for various reasons, and some students who have disabilities. Some students are highly educated and qualified in their countries of origin.
Each student has an individual starting place and has individual goals. Because the classes generally are made up of ten or less students, individual needs can be addressed. My 30+ years’ experience in Primary teaching, as well as specialised qualifications in TESOL, enables me to meet the needs of my learners.
Generally, the title of the course fairly describes why the students have presented: they desire to read, write and communicate more effectively. In each lesson I aim to develop each of these skills. The course has no set curriculum. Our topics are open. I endeavour to teach the skills using an integrated approach, based on a topic of interest. These topics are chosen from a wide range of cultural, literary, scientific, historical and geographical fields.
The students also use computers – accessing the internet, using YouTube and using search engines to find information. I have found that the group really enjoys attending. There are wonderful spin-offs, as well as the desired educational outcomes. It is a very rewarding and interesting course.